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Summary

  1. Adrian Lynch inquest: Taxi driver did 'nothing wrong'
  2. Police widen witness appeal after pensioner stabbed
  3. Guernsey 'has no plans to take migrants'
  4. Lifeboat crew pay tribute to those who died in Salcombe lifeboat disaster
  5. The annual Poppy Appeal launches today
  6. Updates on Thursday 27 October

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Local Live in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

That's it from us today, but Local Live is back tomorrow for that glorious final day of the week.

Fun fact: There are only 10 Friday's left in 2016.

We'll have all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the Channel Islands.

And - of course - BBC Channel Islands news is the place to be to catch all the latest headlines, on BBC1 at 18:30 tonight.

Select committee seeks views on UK’s Brexit engagement

Guernsey Press

An inquiry has been launched by a UK Government select committee on the implications of Brexit for Guernsey and the other Crown Dependencies.

Cruise ship passenger numbers up 8% in 'most successful cruise season ever'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

This year has seen another record year for cruise ship passengers visiting Guernsey.

During 2016, 132,953 visitors came ashore from the ships, an increase of 8% on last year's record high.

Disney Magic cruise ship
Disney

A Guernsey Harbours spokesman said: "We have received a lot of positive feedback from visitors regarding our facilities, in particular the new gangway which has improved access between the ship and the Albert Pier.

"We have also been delighted to welcome new cruise ship lines to the island, including the Disney Magic ship on its inaugural cruise around the British Isles."

He said they already have bookings for next season and are "looking at arrangements for 2017 and beyond" after the move to Albert Pier this year.

JESCC staff get training from London

BBC Radio Guernsey

Members of the London Ambulance Service are in Guernsey this week training staff at the island's Joint Emergency Services Control Centre. 

JESCC, which deals with 999 calls locally, uses the same system as London. 

Staff will be delivering training, development and mentoring.

JESCC
BBC

Guernsey 'not immune' from declining wildlife

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Guernsey conservationist says the Bailiwick is no different from anywhere else when it comes to declining wildlife. 

A new report estimates global populations have fallen by nearly sixty percent since 1970 and if the trend continues, the drop could reach two thirds by 2020. 

Jamie Hooper says habitat destruction is one of the main reasons for the decline.

Guernsey cliff path
BBC

Outline permission is given for Friquet Hotel luxury lodges

Guernsey Press

Detailed plans for 11 self-catering lodges next to Le Friquet Hotel should be drawn up in the new year, after the project was given outline permission from planners.

Messages pour in for injured GFC defender

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jack Domaille had only just burst onto the scene at GFC, becoming a consistent and reliable defender.

The "pretty serious" knee injury he suffered last night seems likely to rule him out for quite a while.

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Drug seizures highest for years

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The value of illegal drugs seized in Jersey this year is already higher than the total amount seized in each of the past five years, according to an FOI.

Up to the start of September police had seized drugs worth £320,000, while customs seized £3.5m giving a total higher than 2012 when a total of £3.8m was confiscated.

Drug seizures in Jersey
BBC

Guernsey won't be taking French migrants

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Despite the recent developments at Calais and movement of migrants to the UK and around France, the States of Guernsey insist they won't be accepting migrants from France.   

Guernsey's Former Chief Minister, Jonathan Le Tocq announced in February this year the island wouldn't be participating in the UK's programme to house Syrian refugees, and the government position hasn't changed.

What's left of the Calais 'Jungle' ?

'Stan' the stick insect

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

I think we all want to know a bit more about Stan the stray stick insect, who is being cared for at Guernsey's animal shelter.

Stan the stick insect
GSPCA
  • Stick insects use camouflage and mimicry to great effect
  • As their name suggests, they look so much like sticks or other bits of plant that they blend effortlessly into their backgrounds as a form of defence
  • In some species the mimicry starts even before they are born, as their eggs resemble seeds
  • Discovered in 2008 and measuring more than half a metre, the Chan's megastick is the world's longest insect
  • Common names include phasmids, stick-bugs and walking sticks

To get the full effect re-read that in your best David Attenborough voice.

The Chan's megastick
BBC
The Chan's megastick

End is in sight for ‘dated’ Grands Vaux apartments

Work to demolish and replace a series of ageing apartments in St Saviour could begin in the spring if plans are given the go-ahead, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Reservoir walkway reopens

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The walkway across the top of Guernsey reservoir has reopened after maintenance work over the last few weeks.

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Your views on accountancy and legal taxes...

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This morning we've been hearing plans from Deputy Peter Ferbrache who says he's going to look into the economic effects of a 15% tax on accountancy and legal firms in Guernsey.

Here's what you've been saying on Facebook...

Dave: We should be re-visiting zero-10 and anyone who earns in Guernsey pays tax in Guernsey. We are continually hearing we need a broad tax base, but before zero-10 income tax across the board worked. 

K'han: It's about time the finance industry paid their fair share

Leo: Shouldn't ALL businesses be expected to pay more tax!

What do you think?

Would a 15% tax be a good earner for Guernsey, or would it drive big business away from our economy?

Don't forget, if you want to get in touch, you can always send us an email.

Weather in the Channel Islands

BBC Weather

It's time to have a look at the weather for this evening.

Here's the forecast for Jersey...

Weather chart
BBC

And a slightly warmer night in Guernsey...

Weather chart
BBC

Airlines in Jersey will seek to open Heathrow routes

Airlines operating in Jersey have said they will seek to open new routes to Heathrow as plans to build a new runway at the London airport move forward, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • The inquest into the death of Adrian Lynch concluded today, finding the cause of his death was unascertained
  • A cyber security expert says anyone who uses a computer at home or at work in Jersey is vulnerable to an online attack
  • One of Jersey's most successful entrepreneurs is backing a start up ice cream company founded by two island mums 

Guernsey

  • This year 132,953 cruise ship passengers came ashore in Guernsey - up from last year's record of about 123,000
  • Members of the London Ambulance Service are in Guernsey this week training staff at the island's joint control centre
  • A Guernsey conservationist says the Bailiwick is no different from anywhere else when it comes to declining wildlife  

'Nothing suspicious surrounding' Adrian Lynch's death

BBC Radio Jersey

In summing up the death of Adrian Lynch as "unascertained", the Coroner, Deputy Viscount Mark Harris said: "There are lots of questions still unanswered, no cause of death and no reason why he ended up in the water."

Mr Lynch disappeared in December last year, but his body wasn't found for eight months. 

It seems he became disorientated, lost his way home and either fell or stumbled into the water. There is nothing suspicious surrounding his death."

Deputy Viscount Mark HarrisCoroner

We've been here before...

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Cruisey McCruiseface?

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Sugar-free ice cream gets financial backing

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A Jersey ice cream company has secured the backing of some of the island's most successful entrepreneurs to help it expand into the UK. 

Minioti makes sugar-free ice cream from Jersey milk, and was founded by island mums Anna Boletta and Natasha Dowse. 

Ice cream
Thinkstock

Now they've secured investment from Moneysupermarket founder Simon Nixon, and the founders of FeelUnique and Play.com . 

Mr Nixon said he's one of a growing number of people trying to live sugar-free lifestyles, so could see Minioti's potential.

Coach Rae keeps place as Jersey prepare for Yorkshire

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey Reds forwards coach Alex Rae keeps his place as injuries continue to hit the island side as they travel to Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship.

Alex Rae
Jonathan Huelin
Alex Rae has scored five tries for Jersey in his three seasons at the club

Rae, who retired at the end of last season, came in after 13 players were ruled out last week for the British and Irish Cup win over Cardiff.

Jersey make four changes as props Marc Thomas and Simon Kerrod come in for Jake Woolmore and Jake Armstrong while Ross Adair and Rich Lane return at full-back and wing respectively.

Sick in a taxi? It could set you back £100

The president of the Jersey Taxi Drivers’ Association has warned that islanders could be charged a £100 soiling fee for being sick in taxis, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Another record year for cruise ships

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The number of people visiting Guernsey while on cruises has increased again.

This year 132,953 cruise ship passengers came ashore - up from last year's record of about 123,000.

MV Corinthian in Guernsey's St Peter Port harbour
BBC

The MV Corinthian, which can carry about 100 passengers, was the last cruise ship of the season when it visited the island on Tuesday.

Lynch family hope 'cruel rumours can be laid to rest'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The family of Adrian Lynch have said they hope that the conclusion of today's inquest will put an end to the "fictitious and cruel rumours" that arose from public speculation over how he died.

The inquest ruled that the cause of death was "unascertained", but Mr Lynch's family say they "truly believe" that it was an "unfortunate and inexplicable accident".

Now that the cause of Ady’s death has been substantiated as accidental, we hope the fictitious and cruel rumours that circulated about him and how he went missing can be laid to rest also. None of this idle gossip was true but it was all very hurtful to those closest to Ady."

Danny and Sharon LynchMr Lynch's father and step-mother
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'Some comfort after eight months of torture'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The father and step-mother of Adrian Lynch say today's ruling has brought "some comfort" after enduring "eight months of torture".

Despite the cause of death being ruled as "unascertained", his family say they "truly believe" his death was an "unfortunate and inexplicable accident."

The inquest into the death of Mr Lynch - who went missing at Christmas last year - came to a conclusion today.

Reliving this day after day has been insufferable, but now that the inquest into our son’s death is complete, we hope to gain some sort of momentum and move forward. Living without Adrian is hard, and not something we will ever fully accept or get used to, but we know where he is now and that brings some comfort to us after enduring eight months of torture."

Danny and Sharon LynchAdrian's father and step-mother
A childhood photo of Adrian with his father, Danny
BBC
A childhood photo of Adrian with his father, Danny

'The most caring and kind man anyone could know'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Adrian Lynch - whose cause of death was confirmed as "unascertained" by the conclusion of today's inquest - was found eight months after his disappearance on 5 December last year.

It sparked a major search that included the use of drones, divers, sonar equipment and dogs.

Today, his family are saying thank you for help in the efforts to find him.

Anyone lucky enough to see the boy that Ady was and the man that he grew into will no-doubt realise that I was so happy to have been a part of my big brother’s life. Thank you to the community for coming together to help find him. Words can’t describe how overwhelmed my mum and I were with the love we received from everyone.”

Alana LynchAdrian's sister
Adrian Lynch
BBC

BreakingLynch inquest: Death ruled as 'unascertained'

The death of Adrian Lynch - who disappeared in Jersey last December - has been ruled as "unascertained".

Drawbacks of 15% tax 'will make themselves clear'

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Deputy Peter Ferbrache says any proposed tax on accountancy and legal firms shouldn't be seen as an attack on those industries.

The President of the Committee for Economic Development is proposing an amendment to the 2017 budget - to be debated in next week's States meeting - which would see accountancy and legal businesses charged 15% tax on their profits.

He says that the economic effects would hopefully make themselves clear in the coming months.

If it turns out that this isn't feasible, economic, or the right thing to do, then that's hopefully what the consultation would come back with at the end of April - if the amendment is successful."

Deputy Peter FerbrachePresident of the Committee for Economic Development
Peter Ferbrache
BBC

Lynch inquest: Taxi driver did 'nothing wrong'

Emma Chambers

BBC Channel Islands News

The mother of Adrian Lynch - who disappeared for eight months before his body was found - has told the taxi driver who drove him home that he had done "nothing wrong".  

The 20 year-old was dropped off a short distance from his house, but never made it home.

In August his body was found in Handois Reservoir, not far from where he was last seen.

Adrian Lynch
BBC

The police reitterated that there was no evidence Mr Lynch had taken drugs, nor that anyone else was involved in his death.

The inquest is continuing but is expected to conclude later this afternoon.

Lynch inquest: Taxi driver 'felt responsible'

Emma Chambers

BBC Channel Islands News

The inquest into the death of Adrian Lynch - who was missing for eight months before his body was found - has heard from the taxi driver who dropped him off on the night he disappeared.

Speaking at the inquest, Steven Miller said Mr Lynch was slurring and obviously tipsy but not extremely drunk.

He said he felt responsible, but he'd been assured by Mr Lynch that he was fine to walk the short distance home from Carrefour Selous.

Handois reservoir
BBC
Mr Lynch's body was found in Handois Reservoir

Fort Regent ice rink: Can it compete?

BBC Channel Islands News

Jersey's Economic Development department believes an ice rink at Fort Regent will at least break even.

It's after more than 1,000 people signed a petition to reinstate a rink at the fort.

Organisers had said they couldn't compete against a new ice rink at the Weighbridge.

Now that it's been confirmed that there will be an ice rink, will everyone use it?

'Legal and practical issues' around taking migrants

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's Policy and Resources Committee says there are a number of legal and practical issues relating to general refugee rights that must be fully understood and resolved before Guernsey can accept any migrants from France.

The French government has moved thousands of migrants from the camp known as the jungle in Calais to other parts of the country and began demolishing the area, which was home to thousands.

Migrants in Calais
BBC

Jersey lose final WCL4 warm-up

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jersey were well beaten in their final warm-up match ahead of World Cricket League Division Four, losing to Houston Sparks by eight wickets in Texas. 

Skipper Peter Gough top-scored on 24 before retiring hurt, while 15-year-old Harrison Carlyon matched Gough's score as Jersey were bowled out for 130 as only four island players made it into double figures.

Harrison Carlyon
CricketEurope/ICC

Houston easily made their target, taking just 22.2 overs to hit 136 runs. 

Jersey begin their World Cricket League Division Four campaign on Saturday when they face Oman in Los Angeles 

GSPCA caring for stick insect

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Guernsey's animal shelter cares for lots of stray animals.

Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds... and now a stick insect.

It was found in the Castel on Sunday, and has now been named Stan by the GSPCA.

If we can't find an owner in the next 21 days we will look to find Stan a new home, but if anyone has any information of someone losing a stick insect please call us on 257261."

Steve ByrneManager, GSPCA
Stan the stick insect
GSPCA

Budget town hotel could be open by April 2018

The company in charge of the project at Charing Cross says guests could be checking into the Island’s first Premier Inn by April 2018, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Latest headlines in the Channel Islands

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Jersey

  • The inquest into the death of Adrian Lynch - who disappeared in Jersey last December - is expected to conclude today
  • Experts are warning that Jersey businesses are facing an increasing threat from cyber criminals because of the islands strong links with the finance industry
  • Detectives have renewed their appeal for witnesses after a man was fatally stabbed in St Helier on Friday evening

Guernsey

  • A Guernsey deputy - who's also a former partner of a Guernsey-based law firm - is proposing to charge accountancy and legal firms 15% tax
  • Guernsey's government says it has no current plans to take in migrants from France
  • Guernsey's lifeboat crew is paying tribute today to colleagues lost in one of the worst disasters off the South West coast 100 years ago

Jury out on pension pot access

No decision has as yet been taken as to whether Jersey will follow the UK and allow people with private pensions to take out all of their pension pot once they reach the age of 55, the Jersey Evening Post reports.

Commission 'unable' to disclose cyber attack stats

BBC Radio Guernsey

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC) says it is unable to disclose how many cyber attacks it faces each day, but insists it takes cyber attacks seriously.

It comes as the Jersey Financial Services Commission revealed more than 4,000 computer attacks were launched against it on a daily basis. 

The GFSC added that it has robust and regularly updated procedures in place to defend itself from hackers.

Law and accountancy firms could pay tax

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A former partner of a Guernsey-based law firm is now suggesting the industry, along with accountants, could pay more in tax. 

Deputy Peter Ferbrache - now President of Guernsey's Economic Development Committee - wants the States to amend the 2017 budget and look into whether a 15% tax on law and accountancy firms is feasible. 

Accountancy
Thinkstock

Currency slide could hit Games athletes

Island Games athletes could be forced to pay an extra £200 each for Gotland 2017 following recent slumps in the value of the Pound, the Jersey Evening Post reports.